Industry advisories

Telefilm Canada makes changes to international programs to bolster Canadian film exports and promote homegrown talent on the world stage

Montréal, July 16, 2018 – In the interest of making its processes more flexible and more streamlined, Telefilm Canada has revised its Export Assistance and International Marketing - Participation in International Festivals and Events programs. The changes made to the programs aim to meet the industry’s needs and will enable Telefilm...

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Telefilm Canada invites producers to submit their feature films to the pan-Canadian Oscar selection committee

The Committee will select the film to represent Canada as a potential nominee in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 91st Academy Awards

Montreal, May 31, 2018 —Telefilm Canada invites producers to submit their feature films to the pan-Canadian selection committee for a chance to represent Canada as a...

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Official statement from Telefilm Canada on the passing of Kevin Tierney

It was with great sadness that we learned that Kevin Tierney passed away this weekend.

As a producer, screenwriter, and director, Mr. Tierney was an important figure in Canadian cinema, whose body of work will have a lasting impact on our national cinema. His films resonated, and continue to resonate, with...

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Telefilm Canada names Steve Bates Interim Regional Feature Film Executive – Western Region

May 4, 2018 – Telefilm Canada would like to inform clients that Steve Bates has been named Interim Regional Feature Film Executive – Western Region.

“Steve has been an invaluable member of the feature film team for years and we’ve relied on his insight when managing projects in the Western region....

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Telefilm Canada’s new Theatrical exhibition program opens on May 1st, 2018

Montreal, April 27, 2018 – Telefilm Canada is pleased to announce the opening, for the very first time, of its Theatrical exhibition program.

The program is meant to amplify the visibility and access to Canadian productions by encouraging and rewarding commercial exhibitors that present Canadian films.

Aimed solely at Canadian companies acting...

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Investors in Canada’s creative industries commit to ensuring a safe and respectful work environment for all

Montréal, April 17, 2018 - As investors in Canada’s creative industries, we are committed to working together, alongside our industry partners and stakeholders, towards taking measures that ensure a safe and respectful work environment for all.

Today, we share our common guiding principles that will serve as a basis for our...

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Statement from G. Grant Machum, Acting Chair, Telefilm Canada on the nomination of Catherine Tait

"I welcome Catherine Tait's nomination to the position of President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada.

"Catherine is a leading player in our industry and a passionate and dedicated advocate of Canada's creative industries. Her proven leadership skills driven by a collaborative and visionary approach, in addition to her extensive international experience and...

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Jean-Claude Mahé appointed Interim Executive Director of Telefilm Canada

Montréal, March 28, 2018 – As announced by the Honourable Minister Joly, Jean-Claude Mahé, Director, Public and Government Affairs has been appointed Interim Executive Director of Telefilm Canada.

 “Throughout his career, M. Mahé has been a passionate and dedicated advocate of Canada’s cultural industries,” said Mr. Grant Machum, Interim Chair of...

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Marielle Poupelin appointed Director of International Promotion

March 20, 2018 – Telefilm Canada is announcing that Marielle Poupelin has been appointed Director, International Promotion.

Ms. Poupelin’s career as well as vision make her the ideal person to guide the international promotion of Canadian productions, an area of activity that stands as one of Telefilm’s key pillars.

After obtaining a...

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Special Screening of Indian Horse March 27 in Ottawa

March 16, 2018 - On March 27 at the Canadian Museum of History the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs; the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minster of Indigenous Services; and Senator Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, along with a number of...

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Statement from G. Grant Machum, Acting Chair, Telefilm Canada

March 14, 2018 - “Today, after 28 years at Telefilm Canada, eight of which as Executive Director, Carolle Brabant leaves the organization.

“On behalf of the Board and Telefilm’s employees, I’d like to salute Carolle for her strong leadership. She worked tirelessly to bring about lasting change.

“The most important ingredient to...

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Telefilm Canada releases its 2018-2020 strategic plan “See Bigger”

Statement from G. Grant Machum, Acting Chair, Telefilm Canada

 March 7, 2018 – “It’s my great pleasure to reveal Telefilm’s 2018-2020 strategic plan, entitled See Bigger, which was approved at our Board meeting last week.

Since 1967, Telefilm has been dedicated to the development and success of Canada’s audiovisual industry. And now,...

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Telefilm Canada will accept applications to the newly expanded Talent to Watch Program from April 16 to 23, 2018

March 2nd, 2018 – Telefilm Canada’s Talent to Watch Program – Funding of First Feature Films and Web Projects from Emerging Filmmakers will accept new project proposals from designated industry partners from April 16 to 23, 2018.

Formerly known as the Micro-budget Production Program, the Talent to Watch Program – Funding of...

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Canada enhances its presence at South By Southwest

Montréal, February 27, 2018 - Telefilm Canada is delighted that there will be a strong Canadian presence at the upcoming 2018 South by Southwest (SXSW), to be held in Austin, Texas, from March 9 to 18. In addition to the 13 Canadian films selected, Telefilm Canada and its partners will offer...

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Statement by Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada, on the passing of Felix (Fil) Fraser, who served as Acting Chair of Telefilm’s Board in 2007

Montreal, December 19, 2017 ― “I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Fil Fraser, who was known for his outstanding commitment to the arts, to human rights and to the field of audiovisual production. Through his enquiring mind, openness and warmth, Mr. Fraser helped to change attitudes...

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Official statement from Carolle Brabant, Executive Director, on the passing of Sheila de La Varende, Director, International Promotion

Montréal, November 22, 2017  — “It is with deep sadness that we learn that Sheila de La Varende, Director, International Promotion, has passed away.

“Today we have lost a most inspiring colleague. For close to 30 years, Sheila had been an influential figure in Canada’s film and television industry. Her legacy...

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Telefilm Canada updates its Theatrical Documentary Program

The Program will open September 8, 2017 and will close September 22, 2017

Montreal, August 16, 2017 – Telefilm Canada announces important updates to the Theatrical Documentary Program as well as the Program’s key dates, following annual consultations with the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC), with the collaboration of the Rogers...

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Telefilm Canada has updated the Production and Theatrical Documentary programs

Changes come into effect immediately

Montreal, July 6, 2017 – Telefilm Canada wishes to inform clients of some important changes to the Production and Theatrical Documentary programs. These changes will apply to all new projects submitted under these programs going-forward, as well as to projects that have already received a positive...

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The Development Program opens on July 4, 2017 on the new platform Dialogue

Montreal, June 29, 2017 – Telefilm Canada wishes to inform all those interested in the Development Program that, in anticipation of the program’s opening, all clients must have an account on our new platform, Dialogue, to access the amount to which they are eligible and/or to submit their application.

Key dates...

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Telefilm Canada invites producers to submit their feature films to the pan-Canadian Oscar selection committee

The Committee will select the film to represent Canada for consideration as a possible nominee in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 90th Academy Awards

Montreal, June 13, 2017—Telefilm Canada invites producers to submit their feature films to the pan-Canadian selection committee for a chance to represent Canada for...

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Telefilm Canada helps Canadian culture shine internationally: Newest additions to the International Marketing Program

Montreal, May 15, 2017 – To further support the export of Canadian cultural products around the world, Telefilm Canada is making the following additions to its International Marketing Program – Participation in International Festivals and Events:

  • Five new international festivals
  • Two new coproduction markets
  • Four new festivals for short film projects

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Statement by Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada, regarding National Canadian Film Day 150, taking place today

 

This evening, Movie Nights Across Canada is spotlighting Lovesick, by Winnipeg’s Tyson Caron

Montreal, April 19, 2017 — “It gives me great pleasure and pride to know that Canadian cinema is being heartily celebrated here at home and all around the world today, on National Canadian Film Day 150. Telefilm Canada,...

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Telefilm Canada announces opening dates for Marketing and Promotion programs—applications to be submitted via Dialogue
  • Applications to the Marketing Program must now be submitted via the Dialogue online client platform
  • Development Program to be migrated to Dialogue in summer 2017

Montreal, March 30, 2017—Telefilm Canada is pleased to announce the opening dates for applications to its Marketing and Promotion programs for fiscal 2017-2018. All Promotion Program applications—as...

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Canadian production companies can now submit coproduction projects to Eurimages—European Cinema Support Fund

Montreal, March 15, 2017—Following the announcement by the Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, that Canada has become the 38th member country in Eurimages, Telefilm Canada wishes to inform Canadian production companies with an eligible coproduction project that they now have access to Eurimages—European Cinema Support Fund.

“Our...

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Telefilm Canada congratulates the Canadian winners at the Academy Awards, the Independent Spirit Awards and the César Awards

Montreal, February 27, 2017—“This weekend, Canadian talent was lauded on both sides of the Atlantic, taking the stage not only at the Academy Awards, but the Independent Spirit Awards and the César Awards as well.

“On behalf of all of us at Telefilm Canada, I sincerely congratulate all of the Canadian...

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Official statement from Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada on the passing of Jack Gray, former president of the WGC and ACTRA

“On behalf of everyone at Telefilm Canada, I’d like to express my sadness on the passing of Jack Gray, former president of the Writers Guild of Canada and ACTRA.

“Jack Gray was a loyal advocate for Canadian screenwriters, and worked tirelessly on their behalf for 25 years. Today, we have lost...

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Telefilm Canada warmly congratulates Carolle Brabant on her honourary distinction of Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres

February 24, 2017 – Telefilm Canada warmly congratulates Carolle Brabant, Executive Director, on her honourary distinction of Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

With this title, the French Government recognizes Ms. Brabant’s contribution to the strengthening of cultural exchanges between France and Canada in the audiovisual industry, as well...

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Opening and closing dates for Production Program lower-budget projects

What’s new: New measures to promote diversity

Montreal, February 15, 2017— Clients are invited to submit their English- and French-language lower-budget projects (budgets of less than $2.5 M) to the Production Program for fiscal 2017-2018.

Key dates
Opening date: March 1, 2017
Closing date: May 1, 2017

New measures to promote diversity
All projects...

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Official statement from Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada, on the passing of TIFF co-founder Bill Marshall

“On behalf of the entire Telefilm Canada team, I would like to express my sadness regarding the death of Bill Marshall. He was truly a Canadian film pioneer.

“Notably, as an industry leader, Bill Marshall helped establish the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and the Toronto Film and Television Office.

“But...

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Opening of the Micro-Budget Production Program

What’s new: Adoption of new measures to promote diversity

Telefilm Canada’s Micro-Budget Production Program will accept new project proposals from designated program partners  from January 20 to February 3, 2017.  The program provides funding support for the development, production, digital distribution, and promotion of a first feature film or first...

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